Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize 2022: submit planned naturopathy projects now!

Nothing has revealed the importance of health more than the coronavirus pandemic. In order to protect and maintain human health in the best possible way, a holistic approach and a comprehensive toolbox of treatment methods are needed. Integrative medicine combines conventional medicine and naturopathy into a sensible holistic concept. The goal is to find the best individual therapy for the patient. Integrative medicine is guided by scientific evidence. The empirical knowledge of complementary medicine methods, some of which is thousands of years old, is scientifically processed and evaluated in high-quality studies and the knowledge of possibilities and limitations is continuously developed. In 2022, under the motto "Research for Health," the Hevert-Foundation will again award new approaches and ideas in naturopathy. The Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, honors planned, non-commercial study projects in German and English dealing with questions of naturopathy and associated therapeutic directions. Submissions are due online by August 30, 2022 at Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize 2022 .

The coveted Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize was established after the death of the eponym. Since 2010, Hevert-Arzneimittel has been awarding the Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize every two years in cooperation with the Hevert-Foundation to outstanding planned research projects in the field of naturopathy.

A top-class jury panel evaluates the entries according to defined criteria and awards a score. Important note: The project must not be completed yet! The research proposal with the best result wins and receives the prize which has been awarded by the Hevert-Foundation in cooperation with Hevert-Arzneimittel every two years since 2010. After the winner has been selected, the award ceremony will take place on November 12, 2022, in a festive setting at the Atrium Hotel in Mainz, Germany.

The award follows a decades-long tradition. From the very beginning of the family business, the focus was on naturopathy. Dorothea and Emil Hevert, Wolfgang Hevert's parents, founded the company in 1956, not by chance, in Sobernheim, the place where Pastor Felke, the inventor of complex homeopathy, worked for many years. After Emil's early death, wife Dorothea took over the business and in 1972 her son Dr. med. Wolfgang Hevert joined the company management. In 1990, Dr. Hevert assumed the sole management of the company as Managing Director. Dr. med. Wolfgang Hevert (deceased in 2003) was a doctor for naturopathy and a pharmacist. He put a lot of energy into the advancement of the relationship between traditional homeopathic complex remedies, modern phytotherapy and therapy-appropriate vitamin preparations and thus contributed to the development of holistic medicine. The prize dedicated to Dr. Wolfgang Hevert is meant to award the same energy and commitment to scientific work in the field of integrative medicine.

The award usually goes to scientific works dealing with basic research, clinical trials or therapeutic concepts in the field of holistic medicine. The choice of topic is free. The jury panel is composed of experts from various fields. The naturopathy expert Prof. Dr. med. Karin Kraft of the University of Rostock, the clinical psychologist Prof. Dr. Dr. phil. Harald Walach and the expert for biological medicine of the University of Milan, general practitioner Dr. med. Rainer Matejka, evaluate the submissions of not yet started projects according to a standardized list of criteria. The originality of the question of the planned project should reflect the love for innovation and research of the eponym of the prize. Further criteria are, among others, the relevance to the improvement or acceptance of the therapeutic approach as well as the therapeutic or scientific usefulness, the quality of the study design and the realistic feasibility of the project.

Online application: how to submit

While in 2020 the submission deadline was extended by two months due to the pandemic, the jury panel expects a return to normality next year. The deadline therefore is again at the end of August. This time, applications must be submitted via an online form, which automatically compiles all the necessary information. In addition to the project outline, participants must add their CV as well as their scientific publications, among other things, in the online form . Questions regarding participation and submission can be emailed to hevertpreis2022 <AT> hevert-foundation.org.

Stress and lifestyle therapy approach awarded

The submissions for the prestigious prize reached a high quality level in the past calls for entries. In 2018, for example, the jury panel awarded a Canadian study on the influence of vitamins D and K2 on human cognitive performance. “Functional and structural imaging in children with attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (AD(H)D) during homeopathic and conventional therapy”, was the name of the award-winning study two years prior to that.

In 2020, doctoral candidate Nina Bauer planned to provide evidence that a substantial improvement in the care of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease) patients can be achieved through salutogenetic elements. The randomized study is designed to establish a naturopathic stress and lifestyle therapy, which enables the patients to develop the ability to promote their recovery themselves and enable them to achieve a high quality of life in the long term, despite their illness.

Overview of previous award winners

2020: "The effect of a stress reduction and lifestyle modification program within the framework of naturopathic lifestyle therapy on the quality of life and symptoms of patients with Crohn's disease", Nina Bauer (M.Sc. Psychology), Clinic for Integrative Medicine and Naturopathy, Klinikum Am Bruderwald of the Sozialstiftung Bamberg

2018: “Better together? A randomized placebo-controlled trial assessing the effects of vitamins D and K2 on cognition: the Vita-DKcog study“, Dr. Jacqueline A. Pettersen, Prince George, British Colombia, Canada

2016: “Functional and structural imaging in children with attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (AD(H)D) during homeopathic and conventional therapy”, Dr. med Klaus von Ammon, Bern, Switzerland

2014: „Epigenetic impacts of ascorbate on human metastatic melanoma cells“, Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Sascha Venturelli, Dr. med. Christian Busch, Tübingen

2012: “On the effect of clay packs on the quality of life and on congestion complaints in patients with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)”, Dr. Karin Redlich, Sigmarzell

2010: “Remedies containing Asteraceae extracts: prescribing patterna and adverse drug reactions”, Dr. Elke Jeschke, Potsdam

2006: “The Sinusitis Syndrome“, Dr. med. Christoph Schraven

Further information on the Dr. med. Wolfgang Hevert Prize: Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize | Hevert-Arzneimittel

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